The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. A new understanding of power is replacing our old understanding of power as the ability to manipulate and control. The old understanding of power has become counterproductive to our evolution. What used to be good medicine has become poisonous. Pursuit of the ability to manipulate and control now produces only violence and destruction. At no level of interaction from interpersonal to international can it produce anything else.
This is now evident, and it will become more evident. The occupation of Iraq produced terrible consequences for us and Iraqis. The invasion of Afghanistan produced terrible consequences. An attack on Syria will produce worse. The issue is not merely that it can create dangerous confrontations with Russia and China, directly or through their proxy Iran, or that it can strengthen the growing number of Jihadist in the Syrian resistance who are committed to the destruction of the United States, or that the Syrian stockpile of nerve gas could fall into their hands and reappear as horrifying clouds of death in American cities. The issue is that every pursuit of external power – the ability to manipulate and control – now produces only violence and destruction.
We are evolving as one species – not only as Americans, Syrians, Russians, Chinese, and Jihadists. We cannot attack one without inflicting forms of violence and destruction upon ourselves. This is our new reality. Why wait to validate it? We will regret attacking Syria. Addressing the monstrous violence there without becoming part of it and damaging ourselves will require a radical change in orientation. The question is not how we can manipulate and control forces in the Mideast and elsewhere to our advantage. It is how we can create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. This requires that we seriously ask ourselves how can we help those in the world who hate us the most.
America is capable of this extraordinary transformation. We rebuilt Germany after World War II. How much money have we squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan? One trillion dollars? How much are we willing to spend to create a world of harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life to replace the world of discord, competition, hoarding, and exploitation that surrounds us? How much wisdom, commitment, and courage would that require of us?
America has all these things and more. Now we need to use them.